Proud Mama Announces Son As A Transgender Person In The Most Awesome Way Possible

proud mom outs son as transexual 2Las Vegas hairstylist Proud mama Jodi Gholson Oliver is definitely in the running for mom-of-the-year, at least in my book. Oliver recently took to Facebook to announce her 19-year-old son as a transgender person, and she did it in the most amazing and beautiful way possible. Along with a cute illustration of a baby-carrying white stork and the words “It’s A Boy,” Oliver shared a moving message about her son, Jes‘ journey to self-acceptance.

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“Yep, it’s true! I am proud to announce that I have given birth to a bouncing baby boy on December 18, 1994. For about 18 1/2 years we thought he was a girl, who just happened to like bugs, tattoos, flames, skulls, snakes, lizards, etc, etc. Then one day Jes explained to us that he never felt like he was supposed to be a girl, always identified more as boy and therefore planned on living as a male (a term called transgender in case you are not sure). This is something that we have all seen over the years and I am so happy that he can finally feel like the person he was born to be! If you have any questions please feel free to ask me, as I will do my best to help you understand a concept that may be unfamiliar to you! If you think your question may be inappropriate, it probably is and I will probably not answer it!”

Jes then shared his mom’s touching tribute on his own Tumblr page, along with this:

 ”My mom let her Facebook friends/family know what’s up regarding me just now and this is how she did it. Heck yeah, mom.”

After the story was picked up by the Daily Dot, the post went viral, and it currently has hundreds of likes and dozens of shares, as well as dozens of supportive comments. Friday Oliver wrote a follow-up post letting everyone know how inspired and surprised she was by the response she received. I am especially impressed with how well she handled the occasional criticism she got as well:

“I thought when I made this announcement on FB I was just letting all of my friends and family know about recent developments in our lives and that telling everyone at the same time would just be so much easier,” she wrote. “I had no idea this was going to affect so many people like it has. I’ve even read a few non-supportive comments, and that’s ok,” she added. “We do live in a country where we have ‘Freedom of Speech’ and without that I would not have been able to make my announcement.”

I will admit, I’m not usually a huge fan of these public posts about one’s kids (even fully grown kids like Jes), but I think this particular story is both moving and important. Life isn’t always easy for young transgender folks, so the more public support those of us who love them give, the better.

Parenting – you’re doing it right, Jodi.

(Photos: Facebook)

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  • Monay

    I especially love that she acknowledges, that he ALWAS was a boy and that his gender is noch something he chose at 18

  • MellyG

    Aw, i love it – and i like her explanation.

  • Jessie

    I love this, especially since she didn’t phrase it as though he suddenly BECAME a boy, as if it were a choice. The “it’s a choice” thing is a HUUUGE problem lobbed at the LGBT crowd in general, but I hear it lobbed at transgenders the most in my area. Good on this mom for making this announcement in exactly the right way: With love, understanding, and support of her son’s identity. <3

    • MellyG

      That was my favorite bit

  • Tinyfaeri

    I’m not usually a fan of public announcements either, but in this case as long as he was ready to be “out” it certainly eliminates some of Great Aunt Matilda’s whispered questions at family gatherings. :)

    • Frances “Librle” Locke

      I got the impression from the various public posts on the mom’s page (many of which have the son tagged) that this was an openly known thing for the most part.

    • Sri

      On the Daily Dot comments, Jes says that his mother checked with him before posting it to Facebook. I was a bit worried that she outed him, but then he wouldn’t have posted it to Tumblr with positive comments, I suppose.

  • Ursi

    This young man is so lucky to have such support in his life. Would that every mother were like her.

  • StealthGent

    That’s extremely well handled. I came into this bracing myself, but it looks like she handled it really well. The constant coming out process can be exhausting for family to do, and this was a kind of cute way to handle it.

    It’s much better than the elephant in the room method, that bastard makes a mess.

  • RW

    Rock on, ma.

  • RW

    Rock on, ma.

  • keetakat

    Outstanding! Such a wonderful way to express that we love our children, not their bodies.

  • allisonjayne

    This is amazing.

  • tk88

    So many warm fuzzies. :)

  • Katherine Handcock

    Oh, this made me smile! What a wonderful way to explain the truth of trans* life and support her son. I’ll be happy for hours now :-)

  • Robotic Socks

    I would sue that baby-carrying white stork for False Labeling of Products

  • ThelmaJTruitt

    Friday Oliver wrote a follow-up post letting everyone know how inspired and surprised she was by the response she received. I am especially impressed with how well she handled the occasional criticism she got as well:

  • CrazyFor Kate

    I’m just glad the kid was cool with it! Sounds like a mom who actually listens to her kids.

  • Guets

    Someone give that woman a medal. THAT is how you parent.

  • Alicia715

    This is so awesome. I don’t even have words to express how much I love it.

  • guest

    This makes me so happy :)